Ashan Zia Farooqui joined IDEAS after completing his MS in Economics from LUMS. Prior to joining LUMS, he worked at the Center for Economic Research in Pakistan (CERP) for almost three years initially on the Procurement Project but later on the Asset Transfer Program and worked under the supervision of Dr. Adnan Qadir Khan (International Growth Centre), Dr. Imran Rasul (University College London) and Dr. Oriana Bandiera (London School of Economics). During his tenure, in addition to doing data analysis and rigorous data cleaning he was involved in extensive field work and led a large team of enumerators for driving field activities and assisted PIs in designing surveys. He also volunteered to be a lead trainer of Excel under BCURE. His research focus at IDEAS is on governance.